Kevin Walsh became a ring leader in one day's work.
In the his first boxing match, the longtime Laguna Beach resident made the most of his chance at the Ringside Masters World Championships, held March 30 and 31 at Kansas City, Mo. The newly minted septuagenarian, who turned 70 on April 20, was a mere 69 when he took on 73-year-old Jim Barnette of Corpus Christi, Texas, in the Over-65 (140 pounds) age class. Walsh scored a decision victory in a match that went three rounds. The result dethroned the division's reigning champion.
"My face looked a little bit marked up, but there were no real injuries," joked the witty 5-foot-7 Walsh, who weighed in at 138 pounds for his match. "Overall, it was a great experience. All the training — and there was a lot of it — was worthwhile."
Walsh's wife Tomi felt the same way. She accompanied her husband to the championships, even videotaped his bout.